MSABI is trialling a subscription-based delivery system for improved sanitation services to rural communities of Kilombero valley funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). We are developing an enterprise which can be locally managed in which new latrines are installed in exchange for a small installation fee and a regular monthly premium. This business has been marketed as Choo Chapchap, which translated to ‘Fast toilet service’ because the toilets can be constructed quickly and are affordably. The latrine has been designed to be easily removed and relocated in the event that clients do not pay their monthly premiums.
This business model has been trialled in urban centers in which the toilet owners collect cash from public users and pay their premiums, for example around bus stands or places with a high number of people transiting. In this study MSABI is going to implement the same idea in a more rural context where the latrine will mainly be used by family members, so it is their responsibility to maintain their premium payment.
This study involves the use of container-based sanitation (CBS) systems which are an alternative model for excreta management. Our CBS system includes a toilet that captures waste not in a deep pit or a septic tank, but in a container that can be easily sealed and removed from underneath the squat plate. The waste is then removed on a regular basis and treated such that is can be later used as fertilizer.
Currently we are assessing the demand for the Choo Chapchap product and service through a detailed survey and recruitment. We have had a positive response within the community and have successfully recruited a total 8 customers. There are an additional 60 customers who have applied but have yet to pay their installation fee. We will continue to recruit customers while we monitor and evaluate demand, customer satisfaction, ability to pay for our service and efficiency of our business model in meeting demand on a small scale.